The Indian Super League confirmed a few changes in player regulations and playing conditions on Monday. The decisions were taken during the FSDL meeting.
With regard to the foreign player regulations, the clubs can sign a maximum of six foreign players, one of whom has to be an Asian-origin player. The playing eleven can have four foreigners. This rule will come into effect from the 2021-22 season.
This is aimed at boosting the participation of the Indian players in ISL, with increasing call from all stakeholders that the current rule that allows a maximum of five players on the field and up to seven in the squad is detrimental to Indian football.
Now that ISL in the top tier in the country, it is important for the league to follow the AFC guidelines, although the AFC 3+1 rule dictates an Asian player to be present in the starting eleven, the ISL has not made it mandatory for an Asian player to be on the field.
Another important decision that was taken yesterday was regarding the playing conditions. The ISL, following the footsteps of the leagues across the world, will be a closed-door affair, an expected move given the Covid-19 situation in the country.
According to a Times of India report, Goa or Kerala is likely to be the venues where ISL will be played. It is understood that a single region where the ISL will be played was suggested to help better coordinate the tournament as well as for safety purposes.
Both the North East as well as West Bengal were also likely venues, but both these venues will be hosting the U-17 Women’s World Cup. And amongst Goa and Kerala, Goa has all the infrastructure as well as lesser Covid-19 cases as of now.
With ISL starting in November, it is likely the organisers will employ a wait and watch approach before announcing the venue.